Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.
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Only when we can synthesize the findings in the different fields of research will it
become possible to arrive at the From Totem and Taboo (1913) relative
importance of the part played in the genesis of religion by the mechanism
discussed in ...
On the other hand, the claim of totemism to be regarded as a first attempt at a
religion is based on the first of these two taboos — that upon taking the life of the
totem animal. The animal struck the sons as a natural and obvious substitute for ...
the different divinities constitutes the conception which these religions give us of
the universe. Now so long as humanity has not passed the phase of totemism,
the different totems of the tribe fulfill exactly the same functions that will later fall ...
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Sigmund Freud The Return of Totemism in Childhood 1913
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